Alison Oddey's interviews with prominent performing women span generations, cultures, perspectives, practice, and the best part of the 20th century, telling various stories collectively. Stand-ups, "classic" actresses, film and television personalities, and performance artists discuss why they want to perform, what motivates them, and how their personal history has contributed to their desires to perform.
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Alison Oddey is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Kent.
This volume contains 24 interviews with actresses of the classical stage, television, and theater, as well as performance artists. The wonderful title alone indicates that Oddey (drama and theater studies, Univ. of Kent) is trying to cover a wide area, which works reasonably well. The interviews (ten to 14 pages each) are similar but different enough for each woman that one gets some understanding of each individual. One striking theme is how many of these actresses are mothers, juggling children, husbands, and careers. For each, Oddey is interested in how the actress sees "performance" on a personal scale: how she came to do it and what she takes from it and gives to it. She also asks everyone about the idea of actress as strumpet (in line with her subtitle), which gets a bit wearisome. This is, however, a small quibble. All in all, this is an enjoyable book if you're interested in the lives of actresses and aren't appalled at discovering how unglamorous it all is. Recommended for theater collections.DSusan L. Peters, Emory Univ. Lib., Atlanta
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Descrizione libro Palgrave Macmillan, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0312229097